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Prolonged U.S.-Canada border closing is devastating livelihoods and a summer rite


Vic Davis knows firsthand the heartbreak Twin Cities shop owners felt recently while watching their life’s work go up in flames on Lake Street and University Avenue, because his business and those of hundreds and perhaps thousands of others along the U.S.-Canada border are threatened with similar devastation.

The owner of Northern Wilderness Outfitters in Fort Frances, Ontario, across the Rainy River from International Falls, Davis employs two Twin Otter floatplanes each summer to fly Minnesota anglers and others to 16 lake cabins he owns in northwest Ontario.

An American with permanent Canadian residency, Davis spent $400,000 this spring preparing for a summer fishing season that has yet to begin because U.S. anglers can’t get into Canada because of the coronavirus pandemic.


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